African cinema is growing both locally and internationally with several actors, actresses and directors jumping onto the international scene.
The movie, Nothing Going On (N.G.O) is a great example that African directors are continuously shaping the entertainment sector and pushing further to bring life into African cinema.
The movie is written and directed by Arnold Aganze from the Democratic Republic of Congo and brings a wonderful story to life that revolves around two interesting characters, Zizuke and Tevo who have lost faith in their dreams, until they meet Elisabeth, an American tourist.
The story goes deeper showcasing how they con a lady into thinking they run an N.G.O saving poor African women and children.
According to Aganze, the director of N.G.O, “I wrote the film from my own observations of the aid sector in the Democratic Republic of Congo and more widely in East Africa. I wanted to give an African perspective on the sector while also poking fun at racial and cultural stereotypes along the way.
The response from audiences around the continent has shown me that people want to take this discussion further. In my opinion it is the aid sector, most specifically N.G.Os that are creating a picture of a poor, desperate and broken Africa so I wanted to tell my own story and start changing the direction of that dialogue.”
N.G.O was filmed in late 2015 and produced with only $3,000 (10,934,700 UGX), invested by Boutiq Foundation, an output driven arts and culture incubator based in Kampala. All crew volunteered and co-produced the film, led by production houses Jajja Productions and Stone Age Pictures.
Through his creativity, artistic vision and resilience, Aganze has and continues to inspire a whole new generation of African filmmakers.
“My first film has just scratched the surface. I make films to entertain audiences but I also want to pose big questions which encourage viewers to enjoy the fiction yet ultimately seek for the truth.
We can no longer just keep accepting the same one story about Africa which is written by the West. These questions need to be asked beyond academic articles which are not accessible to the average African. My job is to continue asking questions, exposing the realities and changing the narrative of my dear continent Africa.” says Aganze.
The N.G.O movie has also received a huge number of awards and critic recognition such as Best Feature Film at the Mashariki African Film Festival (Rwanda, 2017), the Audience Awardat Cinemondes (France 2017), Jury Special Mention at the Carthage Film Festival (Tunisia, 2016) and also Best script, Helsinki African Film Festival (Finland 2017).
It also received an achievement award at the Silicon African Film Festival (U.S.A 2017) and other festival selections from FESPACO (Burkina Faso, 2017), Cinemas D’afrique (France, 2017), AFRIFF (Nigeria, 2016), Uganda Film Festival (Uganda, 2016), Cameroon International Film Festival (Cameroon, 2017) and the Festival International du cinema et de l’audiovisuel du Burundi (Burundi 2017).
NGO (Nothing Going On) film premier will be happening in Uganda this 22 – 23 March, 2018 6pm at Century Cinemax Uganda and will be hosted by Boutiq Foundation, Jajja Productions and Stone Age Pictures.
Tickets are available starting at 20,000 for regular and 35,000 Ugx for VIP respectively. The pre-party has been moved to the 17th of March!
Join the cast and crew at Que Pasa as they celebrate the upcoming premier with free tequila if you’ve a ticket.
Allan Bangirana is a freelance writer for Newslibre and Spur Magazine. He is also the co-founder of the Innovware project.
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